Big Brother Has Enormous Plastic Boobs: 'Hello Barbie' Can Spy on Kids

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood—a children's privacy advocacy group—released a petition today calling for Mattel to cease production of Hello Barbie, an "interactive" doll created in the hopes of reviving the toymaker's stumbling brand. » 3/11/15 7:10pm 3/11/15 7:10pm

Barbie's Entire Wardrobe Cost $136 In 1963

Whenever I needed a Barbie "club outfit," I'd cut up some electric tape from my dad's toolbox and fashion it into a LBD. Little did I know that literally everyone was doing some form of this technique I thought I invented. It was like a Herve Leger design before Herve Leger, but more so a way to avoid harassing my mom… » 3/09/15 7:20pm 3/09/15 7:20pm

Is There Anything More Terrifying Than the New York Toy Fair?

Every year, toymakers gather in New York City to showcase their latest wares. Sure, yes, many are quite spiffy. But there's always a few items that make me frankly afraid to walk into a Toys 'R Us. » 2/19/15 3:50pm 2/19/15 3:50pm

20 Weird, Insane And Extremely Disturbing Barbie Dolls

There are plenty of lists about the "weirdest" Barbie dolls on the internet, but they only scratch the surface of the insane, sometimes terrifying world of the best-selling doll. Here are 20 totally real, official Barbies that prove she hasn't just conquered girls toys, she may have literally conquered the universe. » 1/30/15 1:28pm 1/30/15 1:28pm

Serial Killer Barbie Is the Best Role Model We Have Right Now

Science Barbie? Engineer Barbie? Doctor Barbie? Old, boring, inaccurate. If you really want to get your kid's career on the right track right now, introduce them to serial killer barbie so they can learn how to cook a gourmet meal and chop off Ken's head while they're at it. » 1/19/15 5:40pm 1/19/15 5:40pm

Why I Won't Buy My Daughter a 'Normal Barbie' for Christmas

Designer Nickolay Lamm has created a "Normal Barbie." It has the proportions, according to CDC data, of the "average" 19-year-old woman, which means she looks more healthy and realistic. But in spite of being committed to encouraging a healthy body image, I don't think I'd buy my daughter this doll for Christmas. » 11/28/14 4:00pm 11/28/14 4:00pm

America's Little Girls Demand Frozen Dolls, the Hell With Barbie

This year, Barbie won't be the most popular holiday gift for the little girls of America. Nope, she's been shoved off the winner's podium by those spotlight-stealing bitches from Frozen. » 11/25/14 11:30am 11/25/14 11:30am

Tetris and Angry Birds Movies Are Coming, Because That's Cinema Now

Good luck getting the thumbs-up for an original concept featuring a female lead. But wouldn't you like to make a big-budget movie about some third-rate plastic tchotchke from the 1990s, instead? That's all Hollywood seems capable of producing these days, and now there are projects based on Angry Birds and Tetris, as… » 10/01/14 7:10pm 10/01/14 7:10pm

Mom Flips Lid Because Kid's Barbie Sounds Like It's Saying 'Fuck'

A U.K. mother has complained that her 7-year-old's Talkin' Barbie says "What the fuck?" in addition to programmed phrases like "Amaze!" and "I love a makeover!" Is this the work of a disgruntled Mattel employee or has Barbie finally grown sentient and realized how bullshit it is that she works about 50 jobs and all… » 9/16/14 1:45pm 9/16/14 1:45pm

Revealed: Instagram Accounts for All Your Favorite Dolls

American icon (like it or not) Barbie now has her very own Instagram. So we wondered: What would her fellow dolls' accounts look like? Here's our best guess. » 9/12/14 6:15pm 9/12/14 6:15pm

Goodbye, Barbie: Lego Dethrones Mattel As the World's Top Toymaker

Please keep Barbie, Ken and Skipper in your prayers because it isn't going so well for the famous family: Lego has just surged past Mattel as the world's largest producer of small tchotchkes that are easily lost and hurt like the very devil when you step on them in the middle of the night. » 9/04/14 4:10pm 9/04/14 4:10pm

People Are Really Pissed About the Girl Scout Barbie

As part of her new quest to become the world's most cross-branded elongated humanoid next door, Barbie is now teaming up with the Girl Scouts. As one would expect, many people are not having it. » 7/22/14 6:00pm 7/22/14 6:00pm

Barbie's LinkedIn Page Highlights Real-Life Female Entrepreneurs

She's had more than 150 careers in her 55-year history, but instead of bragging about all of her accomplishments—surgeon, astronaut, aerobics instructor, etc.— on her LinkedIn profile, she's using the professional networking site to tout other (real-life) businesswoman. » 7/09/14 6:30pm 7/09/14 6:30pm

Barbie Live-Action Film Might Actually Be Good and Sorta Feminist

Green-lit by two female top studio executives at Sony and penned by a former Sex and the City writer, the forthcoming live-action Barbie comedy promises to be about "female empowerment"—which we all know falls somewhere comfortably between the immaturity of "girl power" and the scariness of "feminism"—and has the… » 4/24/14 12:00pm 4/24/14 12:00pm